Style Arc Sunday Walking Pants

The last time I was in my local fabric store, CLOTH, I picked up some black ponte knit to make up another pair of pants, just like my brown ones I blogged about HERE, but then my order came from the lovely Australian pattern company Style Arc, and my fabric said, please make me up into the Sunday Walking Pants.  Really it did, doesn’t your fabric talk to you?

So that is just what I did, and boy am a happy with this pattern.

It is a lovely pattern.  No fiddling with anything.  Just cut it out and sew it up.  Yay!

Here is the side view.

I was expecting them to be a bit looser, more like the picture on the envelop, but it is okay that they are not.  You can’t see the side panel because I didn’t use contrasting fabric, but it is there and makes a cute styling detail in real life.

Mandatory back view….snug, but still okay, I think….at least Mr. asIsewit says they are fine.  Just fine.

Here you can see the waistband and the side panel.  I did not insert the optional cord, nor did I make the pockets.

This was a nice pattern to sew up.  Easy, well drafted, nice fit.  I did change a few things.  I found sewing a casing for the elastic was easier than the way the pattern sheet said to insert it.  I also wanted a nice non-bulky seam where the waistband attached to the pants (3 layers of fabric).  Instead of the 1/4″ seam, I stitched a 3/8″ seam.  I didn’t properly grade the seam, as I wanted to overlock it.  So I trimmed the middle fabric layer of the seam to reduce the bulk, overlocked the seam with my serger and then top stitched the seam allowance down.  I like how it turned out.  One more thing I did…..

I stitched a pretty little ribbon to the center back, so I could easily find the front and the back.

I am loving my little black dress.  I wore it to church this morning, and got Mr. asIsewit to take a couple photos so you could see it on a real person, not just my dressform.

I think I am done with black stuff now.  Moving on toward more spring like colors.

Well I can’t leave you with a picture of my backside, so here is a photo of my girl Kate.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

 

My Little Black Dress

I am attending a function on Thursday put on by The Little Black Dress Club of Boise.  Guess what?  I needed a little black dress and fast.  What a great excuse to sew one up.  Since I didn’t have a lot of time and I know that come Monday, the week is going to be busy, I decided to go with Palmer/Pletsch M6282.  I made view D  a year ago, so I knew the pattern worked for me.  You can see that dress Here.  It is my most favorite dress to date.  This time I made it up out of a black Ponte knit from fabric.com.

I can’t wait to wear this Thursday night.  I can’t decide if I am going to wear it with boots or pumps.  I think the forecast is for snow……I guess I will just have to wait and see.  Once again this pattern is a winner.  I cut it out yesterday afternoon, and finished up the hem this afternoon.  Winner winner chicken dinner.

This Might be a Personal Record

I like to stash my fabric.  I like to buy it, wash it, fold it, and stash it.  Last week I went to the fabric store and bought 4 pieces of fabric.  I have made up two of those pieces.  That’s what happens when we have snow days.

The really  nice sweater knit got made up into the cardigan of McCall’s 5890.

This is a 10, 20 minutes to sew pattern by Nancy Zieman.

Here is the back.

This was a quick sew.  I cut it out late this morning, and had it done by late afternoon.  I cut out a size 14 and didn’t make any changes.  I only have a couple things to point out.  1) The sleeves are 3/4 length, but on the pattern envelope they look like they are full length. 2)The wrong side shows, so you had better like the wrong side of you fabric.

Here is the back of neck/collar.  as you can see, that is the wrong side of my fabric and the edge finish.

You might recognize the top under the cardigan.  It is another Vogue 8793.  I made this one up in a lovely bamboo knit.

You can see that I completed the collar as per the pattern, however I left off the cuffs.  I also shaved off about 1/2″ from the waist to the hip, and I like how it slimed down the silhouette.  The collar is interesting with the use of zipper teeth for trim.

The technique isn’t difficult, but it did make my collar behave badly.  It took me a couple times to get it right.  As you can imagine the double collar and the zippers make the collar heavy.  I initially serged the collar to the neck, but ended up cutting off the serging and grading the seam so that it would lay better.

I am happy with how both of these pieces turned out.  I have a piece of black Ponte that I bought last week as well, and plan to make a pair of knit pants to complete the outfit.

We have been having some weather here in Idaho.  Winter seems to have set in.  You will be able to find me in my sewing room until spring.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

Somebody Stop Me

I made another Vogue 8793.  Just in time for the end of Jungle January hosted by Pretty Grievances.

This time I used some cool cheeta poly/lycra and brown slinky from my stash.  It was kinda like a stash safari.  I used the brown slinky for the back.

And as you can see, I had fun with the cuffs.  I apologize in advance for the out of focus photo.

I did make the sleeves a bit wider this time, and I like the results.  Instead of a collar or collars, I just cut a 2 inch piece of the brown slinky, stitched the ends together, folded it in half and stitched it to the neck edge.

Overall, I am still a little ambivalent about this top.  The bottom of the top is wide, and I am use to wearing my knit tops tighter around my hips, however, I do like how it skims over the figure faults.  I think the next one I make though, I will decrease the ease in the hip area to give it a more sliming silhouette. I did add 1/2 inch to the sleeve width, and they fit a lot better now.  This top is such an easy make, I am sure I have a few more to make up.  I really should do one with the collar treatment  that the pattern calls for.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Races R My Bag and another Vogue 8793

In December I responded to a post on Facebook from Carol who owns Races R My Bag. She needed some help with her rapidly growing business.  You see, she makes very cool bags from race bibs, t-shirts and other race memorabilia.  Very cool bags.  If you are a runner, triathlete, Ironman or any other type of racing athlete check out her bags.  Friday, Carol had me make a her PR String Sling Bag, because we are making up a bunch of these for her to take to expos this year.  Here is my bag.

Look, my tri race bib fits!  So awesome!  This bag has a front pocket to put your race bib in, an interior pocket and a snap closure.  Very fun! If you race check out her website.  Seriously.  Here is the back of the bag.

Here it is hanging off the back of my dining room chair for scale.

Yesterday I made another version of V8793.  I used a blue/green thermal knit from my stash (well aged) and matching ribbing.  This fabric has been in my stash so long, that I truly can’t remember where I got it.  Sorry.

I used a collar technique by Pamela Erny of Off the Cuff.  You can find it HERE.  Scroll down a bit, it is there.

It is a really simple collar with a big payoff.  This is how I wore it to church today.

Look at how well it matches the blue in this RTW skirt that I have had forever.  Dumb luck, but I will take it.

I have at least one more top to make out of my much loved silk jersey.  Watch this space.   I hope everyone has a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Vogue 8793

I have a really cool piece of knit silk jersey I bought on-line from Mood, that I am dying to make this up in.  But, since I love the fabric so much I figured I had better do a trial run on the pattern with fabric I don’t care so much about.

This pattern is fun to sew up.  I cut a medium and my fabric is that clingy single knit that sticks to everything and is kind of see through in light colors.  I picked it up a few years ago at JoAnn’s.  I made a top out of it then and hated it.  The style was too tight for the fabric and it clung to every bump and roll on my upper body.  Not a good look.  I was willing to sacrifice the rest of the yardage to this sample.  Guess what, I like the top and have already worn it twice.  This pattern is awesome.  Not too tight, just enough shape to be flattering and a fun neckline/collar.

The pattern calls for three fabrics, I used two.  Here is a side view, so that you can see the back.

As you can see, I only used one collar piece.  That was because I didn’t have enough of the dark brown fabric.  I also did not do the fun trim treatment with zipper teeth.  I didn’t have anything in my stash that would work.

Here are a few notes I made while stitching this up:

  • Stay stitch neckline first (pattern sheet has you do it after you have stitched the shoulder seems together.
  • Edge stitch the seams.  I just like that on all my knits, seems to give it a nicer RTW look.
  •  Use a serger for the seams.  For this top I did the two rows of stitching and then trim technique described in the pattern sheets, but next time I will just serge the edges.  Faster and cleaner.
  • The sleeves are too narrow for me.  Just a bit too snug.  I should have known that, as I have that problem with most Vogue patterns.  Must add some width next time.

I can see this as being a pattern I use time and time again.  You can change it up with the collar, you can not put the collar on and bind the neckline.  You can make it all one color, or change it up like the pattern photo.  It is a nice, not too tight, top.  I wonder how many I could have in my closet?  If you have any questions, let me know.  Have a great weekend!

Not Your 1970′s Polyester Double Knit Pants

Remember those?  A few nights ago at the dinner table, I told Mr. Asisewit, that I was so excited to finish up my new knit pants.  He laughed out loud and told me that every time I referred to the knit pants I was making all he could think of was the  1970′s polyester double knit pants.  Cringe.  I am here to report that I DID NOT make a pair of those.

I used Katherine Tilton’s Vogue 8837.  The pattern includes a skirt as well, which I have made twice.  You can read about them HERE and HERE.

I was drawn to this pattern because of the front detail.  I like the equestrian look about them and I am an equestrian kinda girl so that makes sense right?  I used a luscious chocolate brown ponte knit that I picked up at a new fabric store in the big city.  The name of said store is CLOTH.  Isn’t that a great fabric store name?  Here is their Facebook page. Anyway, I plan to head back in there and buy me some more of this lovely stuff in other colors.  I hope they still have some.

Can I just say, it is really difficult to take photos of pants, by yourself.  Ack!  Anywho, these pants were a kick to sew up.  Just fun sewing all the way around.  I tissued fitted the pattern and decided that a medium would work.  The pattern comes in XS-S-M and L-XL-XXL.  I added 2 inches to the side seams and 2 inches at the waist for fitting purposes, but as it turned out I didn’t need any of it.  I did re-stitch the crotch seam after the first fitting.  I used Maria Denmark’s very scientific method to adjust the seam.  You can read about her method HERE.  It worked great.  In the photo below you can see the original seam (the one closest to the edge of the fabric) and then the new seam (inside the original seam).

Big difference, yes?  On a side note, why are these seams so difficult?  My sweatpants from Walmart, made in China have a better crotch curve than most sewing patterns.  It can’t be that hard, can it?

Now I have already said that taking pant photos by yourself is hard.  So you don’t get a back view, but you get this.

Isn’t that front seaming fun?  You might notice that I omitted the cuff, actually you might have noticed that I haven’t hemmed them yet, and look how short they are.  The pattern says that the finished length is 40 inches for all sizes.  I am 5’5″ish if that helps at all.  I buy my jeans by the inseam length.  I think that measurement would be much more helpful when trying to figure out if you need to lengthen or shorten the pattern.

It is rather ridiculous how happy I was wearing these pants yesterday.  They are so comfortable.  When Mr. Asisewit got home from work, he agreed that they weren’t those dreaded 70′s pants.  V8837 for the win.

I have enough of this dream to sew with fabric left over to make a skirt.  Maybe I will get that done this weekend.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

Marfy Sew-Along

I don’t know about you, Marfy patterns so intimidate me, but I have always wanted to sew one.  When I heard about the Marfy Sew-Along over at A Challenging Sew, I was all like “yes!”  I mean, what do I have to lose?  The patterns are free and Leisa will hold my hand through the process, and she is covering couture construction, AND consulting with Susan Khalje .  Yay, a win win!  And guess what, I found fabric for the sew-along in my stash.  Could it get any better?

Here is what I am thinking……

Trust me, these two pieces of fabric have been well aged in my stash.  The fabric for the top is a silk crepe I bought in 2004.  It is a yellowish green with these wonderful cacti that look like they have been added on with sidewalk chalk.  I love this piece of fabric and I think it will make up nicely in the blouse.

I have had the silk tweed even longer.  I bought it from G-Street Fabrics in the 90′s.  I still think it is lovely.  I just hope I have enough to make the jacket and the skirt.

The sew-along started today.  I have my top pattern downloaded but that is it.  You can find the first post by Leisa here.  It’s not too late to join in!

Craftsy Travel Tray

You know when you travel, and you are getting ready for bed, and your taking off your watch, your rings, and maybe looking for someplace to put your chap stick but there is nothing available to contain them by the bedside?  I hate that.  Enter this little travel tray.

Isn’t it cute.  It’s a free pattern  you can download at Craftsy by Angela Padilla.

We are making these tonight at our local American Sewing Guild meeting, and I am the “teacher.”  I thought I might want to get one made up before said meeting.  This is super easy to make and is a great way to use up leftovers.  I think I will make one for every suitcase we own, and put one or two in the camper as well.  Look it lays flat until you need it.

And then presto chango it’s a tray.

Isn’t that great?

A couple things I found while stitching this up.

  • It takes just under an hour to make
  • I sprayed my fabric pieces with sizing before I stitched them together.
  • It doesn’t matter if your thread doesn’t match (the more funky the better right?)
  • If you have a walking foot, which I don’t, use it when you stitch the lines in the bottom of the tray.  I think you will be happier.
  • You can use snaps or Velcro.  I went with Velcro.  Don’t want to be trying to snap a tiny little snap at night, when I really just want to go to bed.  Velcro is fast and easy.

I think that is about it.  Quick easy project for your Friday.   Go make one, or five.

BurdaStyle for the First Time

Well hello there.  Yes, it has been some time since I last posted anything.  Thanks for sticking around.  My ready to wear fast was over in October and I made it!  Made it, get it?  Anywho, sewing slowed down this summer, as it usually does for me.  This year though it was because I was busy training for a Triathlon, which I completed in August.  It was totally awesome and I plan to do it again next summer.  After the tri things didn’t slow down and my sewing didn’t pick up.  Oh well, at least I got one more garment made right at the tail end of 2013.

I have wanted to make this BurdaStyle t-shirt ever since I first saw it in 2012.

BurdaStyle 114B T-shirt

But, I have a confession to make….I have never been brave enough to sew a BurdaStyle or Burda World of Fashion pattern.  I have been totally intimidated by them.   Silly I know.  I am 50 years old.  I have been sewing for years, and I am afraid of a pattern company.  Well, in a determined moment I paid for this pattern and downloaded it.

I don’t know why I have been so intimidated by these patterns.  This pattern is lovely.  It is well drafted and easy to sew.  I used a lovely ITY jersey I got from Gorgeous Fabrics last summer (sorry she is all sold out).  I cut out a size 42 with 5/8″ seam allowances and stitched it up.  I am really happy with the results.

This top is pretty long.  It is about 26 inches at center back.  If I were to make it again, I would probably shorten it just a bit.

The sleeves are long too, but I like them like that.  It is hard to see, but the sleeves have the same gather detail as the front does.

I really didn’t follow the instructions much.  Not that there are many.   Here is what I changed.

1.  I serged all my seams.

2.  The instructions call for Vilene Bias Tape/stay tape (I had to google it).  I have no such thing but I do have this…so this is what I used.

3.  The instructions tell you to cut  facing strips out of the fashion fabric.  These are used to back the gathered seams. I used Seams Great instead.  I didn’t want all the extra bulk the fabric strips would have added.

4.  It also calls for a back neck facing strip.  The instructions were confusing to me, and when I tested their method I could not get it to look like anything other than home-made.  I used a Kwik Sew method instead.  Below is a photo of the Kwik Sew method. Worked like a charm.

That’s about it.  The only other thing is that my muslin, a light cotton knit, fit great, but when I made it up in the jersey it was a bit tighter than what I like.  Thankfully I had a 5/8″ seam allowance to play with and I ended up serging a narrow 1/4″ seam allowance at the side and sleeve seams.

This was a fun top to make and even more fun to wear.  If you want to make one of these up, be sure that you are using a knit that drapes well.  I have about 1 1/2 yards left of this great fabric.  Thinking about making a skirt to go with the top.  I am saving the scraps too because I think they will make great accent pieces in work out clothes.

I don’t know why I waited so many years to try a Burda magazine pattern, but I am glad I finally did.  If you are hesitant, pick something simple and go for it.

Happy New Year everyone!  Oh, I have decided to do another Ready to Wear Fast with Sarah of Goodbye Valentino.  Want to join us?  Here is the link http://goodbyevalentino.com/2013/12/01/invitation/.